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Converting non-convertable Thermador range to Propane

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#1 raenraen

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Posted 10 January 2014 - 05:01 PM

Hi, all.

 

I recently got a second-hand Thermador range (model PGR364GDZS [the model number for the propane version is PGR364GDLP]) which I need to convert from NG to LP. Except suposedly it's non-convertable, comes from the factory one way or the other. The best info I've been able to find on this issue has been from this forum, in this 2011 thread.  http://appliantology...dor-pgr366zs01/

 

I contacted a local repair guy who has experience with Thermadors, and he called a Thermador engineer, who says that these ranges are not convertable because it is too hard to get to the burner orifices to change them. Can't be done without a whole lot of tearing apart, he says.

 

I'm willing to do "a whole lot of tearing apart" if necessary to make this work; I really love the range. What I'm not clear on is whether this is just a big pain in the ass, or really nearly impossible as claimed. Has anyone opened one of these things up?

Thanks in advance for any advice you can give me.

 

**I am aware that this is super-duper horrible dangerous and I will probably kill myself and my family, and cause the colapse of western civilizaion by messing with a gas appliance in a way the manufacturer disaproves of.  I'm willing to take the risk.



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Posted 10 January 2014 - 07:16 PM

Well, that was easier than advertised. We tore the cook top apart tonight. The gas regulator took about 5 seconds to switch to propane, and the burner orifices were easy to access and dissemble.

 

For future google-ers, the part you need for the burners is Part number: AP3782890

Part number: AP3782890

 

The regulator needs the brass nut removed, then there is a plastic part stuck to it. Pull the plastic off and turn it around, put back together. 

 

We don't have the parts yet, so things have not been reassembled, but I will report back when it's done.


Edited by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, 16 January 2014 - 03:57 PM.


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Posted 16 January 2014 - 03:44 PM

Two of the orifices were backordered, but we got the other two, and things are running nicely.



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Posted 18 January 2014 - 08:42 PM

What color is the flame from the burners? Orange? Or blue?

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Posted 18 January 2014 - 08:49 PM

LP orifice outlet holes are smaller than NG.

You can peen down the holes to close them to the right size.



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Posted 19 January 2014 - 10:15 AM

The flames are a nice consistent blue. We are going to have to re-drill the orifices for the oven, griddle, and broilers because the parts aren't available (at least that I can find.)



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Posted 19 January 2014 - 10:23 AM

Getting the orifices out of the broilers was the biggest challenge, we had to go in through the back of the range, and it was kind of a pain. Took probably an hour.







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